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Air Pollution: How to Keep Your Home’s Indoor Air as Clean and Healthy as Possible

10 October 2020

We’re all aware of how vehicle emissions, industrial exhaust gases, fossil fuel burning and other outdoor noxious waste contribute to the uptick of unhealthy air.

In fact, the rising pollutant levels (since 2016) is worrying enough to make you want to stay indoors till kingdom come.

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But surprisingly, even the air we breathe indoors isn’t as clean as we’re led to believe. The risks of air pollution inside our homes is even worse. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, indoor air pollution is responsible for nearly 3% of all world non-communicable diseases. Think stroke, lung cancer, etc.

When you couple that with the Clean Air Day Campaign study findings that indoor air pollution is 3x more damaging than air pollution outside, this makes for shocking reading.

The good news is, there are ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality and significantly reduce air pollution. 

Here’s everything you need to know…

What’s Indoor Air Pollution?

The British Lung Foundation describes indoor air pollution as “Air inside a building that contains gases, dirt or dust, and which is harmful [to us] when we inhale it in”.

Poor indoor air quality is often linked to harmful toxins, mould, and microbes in the air. And our keeping doors and windows shut—especially during winter months—to seal out the cold worsens the situation.

Though we spend 90% of our time indoors on average, it’s important to keep our homes aerated for cleaner, healthy air.

What Causes Air Pollution in My Home?

There are several causes of indoor air pollution, but the most common include, but not limited to:

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are often found in wood preservatives, pesticides, adhesives, carpeting, paint, air fresheners, and disinfectants.
  • Carbon monoxide emissions from tobacco smoke, mould, dampness, radon, gas stoves, and asbestos.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), poor ventilation is a prominent culprit. It traps toxins and allergens and prevents outside air from diluting them—aiding in their rapid spreading indoors.

EPA also notes that high humidity and temperature levels inside your home increase the concentration of pollutants. 

If you live near a busy road your indoor air quality is polluted because vehicle emissions eventually work their way into your home. And since the emissions are invisible, you’ll never notice anything wrong until you start falling sick or develop breathing problems. 

Indoor air pollution is responsible for 1.6 million deaths each year. It’s a leading risk factor for premature deaths wide.

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That’s why it’s very important to test the indoor air quality of your home. It helps reduce the long-term effects of air pollution.

How Does Poor Indoor Air Quality Affect My Health?

When your home’s indoor air quality is heavily polluted, you’re more likely to experience these short-term effects:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Allergies and hypersensitivity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irritation of the skin, throat, nose, and eyes

The chances of you immediately reacting to indoor air pollutants is dependent on two factors: Your age, and whether you have a pre-existing medical condition.

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Case in point: Someone nursing allergies or suffers from bronchitis will experience severe symptoms compared to someone who isn’t hypersensitive to allergens or who doesn’t have bronchitis or asthma.

Meanwhile, continual exposure to indoor air pollutants for days on end—repeatedly—can lead to severe long-term effects such as:

  • Premature death
  • Lung cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory diseases (i.e., hypersensitivity pneumonitis, bronchitis, or asthma)

Side note: Prolonged maternal exposure to indoor air pollutants, as this medical research found out, causes low birth weight in infants.

So, How Can I Make My Indoor Air Cleaner?

Making your home free from air pollution is near-impossible, especially if you use cleaning products or cook using a variety of heating sources (electricity, wood, gas) every day.

Your home’s location is also a factor. Do you live near a road or factory? If so, outdoor pollution has already made its way into your home.

Here are steps to take to ensure the air in your home is healthy and clean…

Open Windows Regularly

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If you want clean air to flow through, open windows and doors regularly. This simple act may seem obvious but it’s surprising how people in many homes overlook it.

A common air pollutant in most homes is cigarette smoke. If anyone smokes in your home, insist they open windows to let in clean air. And keep their clothes away from those of non-smokers.

Cleaning your home—with windows open—is also a way of improving indoor air quality. Although cleaning products get the job done very well, many aren’t so eco-friendly. Use vinegar, lemon juice, or bicarbonate of soda if possible.

Eliminate Damp and Mould

To prevent mold and dampness in your home, always check for leaking pipes, especially after heavy rainfall. Keep an eye on the window frames and roof, too.

Make sure to properly ventilate and insulate the kitchen and bathroom area. They’re more susceptible to mould. 

As with most things, preventing indoor mold and damp is better than looking for a cure. However, if the mould in your home has spread far and wide, call in the pros for help.

Invest In an Indoor Air Detoxifier

Using an indoor air detoxification device is a smart way of tackling indoor air pollution.

Place it in a commonly used room in your home, and voilà. Your air quality starts to improve in a short period of time. An indoor air detoxifier not only detoxifies the air but also filters harmful toxins. 

A great example is VBreathe Tasman. This portable indoor air detoxifier radically improves indoor air quality in a few hours. 

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Designed as an intelligent indoor air detoxification device, VBreathe Tasman is highly effective. Thanks to medical-grade HEPA filters that use an anti-bacterial coating to trap and reduce harmful toxins and microbes.

Best part? It can capture 97% of fine particles with a size range of up to 1.0 micron. (Did you know SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus has a size range of 0.06—0.14 micron?)

Another important feature is the all-natural VActive Gel. VBreathe Tasman device expels this gel in the form of vapor into the surrounding air in your home to reduce toxins.

Even more important is that the detoxifier is equipped with smart sensors to detect harmful PM2.5 particles, carbon monoxide, mould, and smoke. And is controlled via a mobile app, making it easy for you to control multiple indoor air detoxifiers from wherever you are.

Final Thoughts

Believe it or not, indoor air is almost two times more polluted than the air outside. And equally more destructive than we’d like to believe. That’s why it’s important to keep your indoor air as clean and healthy as possible.

And since we spend more of our time indoors now more than before thanks to the pandemic, investing in an indoor air detoxifier is not only a worthy move but a lifesaving one.

Improving your indoor air quality means no more allergies and sleeping easy becomes the new norm. Then again, having a portable indoor air detoxifier adds a pretty touch to your home’s aesthetics for days on end.

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